Study In Canada

  • Country’s national language: English, French (both official)
  • Country’s currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Country’s capital city: Ottawa
  • Country’s population: 2 million (UN, 2016) Reference BBC
  • Country’s Indian population: 1,355,653

Country’s higher education system

Canada offers a wide range of higher education options and life-enriching experiences at its universities and colleges. These institutions are diverse in both their size and the programs they offer, and are located across the country, with at least one in every province. The provinces and territories are responsible for all levels of education including universities. There’s no federal ministry of education or formal accreditation system. Instead, membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, coupled with the university’s provincial government charter, is generally deemed the equivalent. There are currently 95 universities with membership in AUCC.

Currently, there are more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered in Canada, as well as professional degree programs and certificates. Regardless of the program, a Canadian degree is globally recognized and considered equivalent to those from American and other Commonwealth universities. While Canadian universities design their own missions and pursue their own futures, they consistently demonstrate an excellent ability to cooperate with one another and work collectively.

International student population in country: More than 356,574 international students choose Canada in 2015

Rankings and position at global platform

  • Canada has 4 universities in the top 100 of the Shanghai World University Rankings (2016)
  • 5 MBA schools in Canada placed in the top 100 Financial Times Rankings (2012)
  • Canadian students are top performers in reading, literacy, math and sciences, and number 1 among English speaking countries according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
  • More than one third of Canada’s research is conducted at Canadian universities – one of the highest rates among OECD and G8 countries.
  • Canada is one of the world’s top education performers and among the top 3 OECD countries in spending per capita on public postsecondary education. Students score high on international tests reflecting the dedication each jurisdiction has on the quality of our education system

Highlights of ranking universities

Top Universities in Ontario

  • University of Toronto (ranked 17th  in the world; 1st in Canada)
  • McMaster University (140th in the world; 6th in Canada)

 Top Universities in Quebec

  • McGill University (21st  in the world; 2nd in Canada)
  • Université de Montréal (92nd  in the world’ 4th in Canada)

 Top universities in British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (ranked 49th in the world; 3rd in Canada)
  • Simon Fraser University (244th  in the world; 13th in Canada)

 Top universities in Alberta

  • University of Alberta (96th in the world; 5th in Canada)
  • University of Calgary (201st in the world; 10th in Canada)

 Other top universities in Canada

  • Dalhousie University (244th in the world; 12th in Canada) – Nova Scotia province
  • University of Saskatchewan (421st-430th in the world; 18th in Canada) – Saskatchewan province

Programs and courses offered by country

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Anthropological Studies
  • Applied Sciences
  • Architectural and Design
  • Area Studies
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Creative and Visual Arts
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fine Arts and Design
  • Formal Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Historical Studies
  • Language and Culture
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Life Sciences
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies and Production
  • Medicine
  • Music Studies and Performance
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing Specialties
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy Studies
  • Physics Disciplines
  • Political Sciences
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociological Studies
  • Surgical Specialties

Canadian Community College Program Categories

  • Agricultural and Environmental
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Attendants and Aides
  • Automotive and Aviation
  • Building and Construction
  • Business and Office
  • Career and Preparation
  • Carpentry and Woodworking
  • Child and Family
  • Community and Social Welfare
  • Computers and Internet
  • Crime and Fire
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Fine Arts and Entertainment
  • Food and Drink
  • Hair and Skin
  • Language and Culture
  • Marine and Maritime
  • Medical and Health
  • Mining and Energy
  • Music and Musicianship
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Teaching and Education
  • Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Trades and Professions
  • Writing and Communications
  • Art and Design
  • Automotive and Aviation
  • Business and Office
  • Computer and Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary and Tourism

Entry criteria

Language requirements: Most institutions in Canada require demonstration of proficiency in their language of instruction (either English or French), usually through the achievement of a certain minimum score in a standardized language test. You should confirm the details of the language requirement with the office of admissions of the university or college to which you are applying.

Study permits: It is advised that you contact the nearest Canadian visa center embassy or consulate) for information about entry requirements. You can obtain information about student authorizations on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Web site, at To apply for a study permit on or after June 1, 2014 for programs of study of six months or more, you will need to have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institute.

Fees structure

Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an undergraduate program is CAD $11,903.

Canada offers the lowest tuition rates* for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the US.  Rates at U.S. public universities were almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor’s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double

Funding for VISA

If you will not receive funding from a Canadian educational institution or a governmental organization, you will be required to provide evidence that you or your family can readily afford the cost of an education in Canada on an ongoing basis.

You must demonstrate that you will have enough money during your stay in Canada to pay for tuition fees, books, and living expenses for yourself and any accompanying dependents, and return transportation for both yourself and your dependents.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada guidelines, you will require approximately $10,000 Canadian per year, not including tuition fees, to cover your living expenses.

If your dependants are planning to accompany or join you, you will require an additional $4 000 for the first dependant, and $3 000 for each subsequent dependant, in addition to return airfare.

Admission procedures

The admission application process can take considerable time; you should start at least one year in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.

Once you have decided which universities or colleges you wish to apply to for admission, you should write directly to the institution’s office of admissions (for undergraduate and college programs) or office of graduate admissions (for graduate programs) and ask for detailed application information and forms. The office of admissions will inform you of the documentation, translation, and visa requirements. The institution’s decision is usually announced four to six months after the application deadline, although this can vary from one institution to another. In some jurisdictions, applications can be submitted electronically.

Intakes: For Universities, the primary intake is in September / Fall Session, although very few do allow for a January / Winter Session intake. For Colleges, there are usually 3 intakes in a year: September; January; May.

Visa policies and procedures

If your application is approved, you will receive the following:

  • A letter of introduction will be sent to you confirming the approval. This letter is not your study permit. Bring the letter of introduction with you to show to immigration officials at the point of entry when you arrive in Canada.
  • A temporary resident visa (TRV) will be issued if you are from a designated country for which Canada requires a visa. The TRV will be in your passport. The expiry date on this visa indicates the date by which you must enter Canada. You must enter Canada before your TRV expires. The TRV will also indicate if you can enter Canada only once (a single-entry visa) or if you can enter Canada multiple times (a multiple-entry visa).

Documents required to process visa application

  1. Proof of acceptance
  2. Proof of identity
  3. Proof of financial support
  4. Letter of explanation

Standard visa processing timing

3 Weeks

Benefits and opportunities

  • Canada’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls mean that you’ll be earning a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career over the long term.
  • A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
  • Some international students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada.
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